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Seventh graders explain how the different human body systems work together. For this biology lesson, 7th graders create a graphic organizer using Inspiration. They complete a webquest on muscular and skeletal systems.
Learners name the bones in the skeletal system according to the layman and medical terms of each of the predetermined bones.
Students practice labeling the bones of a human skeleton. Students reword the song "Dry Bones" with the accurate names of the bones listed.
Fourth graders are given a scenario in the lesson that presents a problem that needs to be solved. They conduct research from multiple sources in order to gather information. This is used to contribute to possible solutions proposed by students.
Students identify bones off a skeleton during quizzes; assemble disarticulated skeletons; bird, frog and rat. They dissect frogs, remove the muscle tissue, and identify of bones.
Through a research project, learners explore the skeletal system. First, they name the purpose of the skeletal system, to provide support, protection, and movement. Then, they conduct research using the sites listed to find out information about a particular part of the skeletal system. Finally, they share their information.
Students examine human bones. In this skeletal system lesson, students review the functions and locations of bones in the human body. Students work in groups to complete an activity where they discover why bones are hollow and discuss the importance of calcium to bone growth and maintenance.
Muscles and the chemicals myosin and actin are described in the sliding filament theory by Paul Andersen using pictures on his Smart Board. Give your young scientists a clear idea of muscle contraction by showing this video.
Middle schoolers trace the outline of one of their members and draw in the bones from the diagram. They make flashcards of the bones out of index cards. Once the drawings and flashcards are finished, they quiz each other in preparation for a game.
Seventh graders explore the functions of the skeletal system. They collaborate in small groups to determine the function of the skeletal system, the types of joints and movement, bone strength and growth, and bone injuries including causes, identification, and treatment.
For this biology worksheet, students locate twenty-four terms dealing with the skeletal system. Answers are provided in various formats.
In this skeletal systems word search worksheet, students locate the 20 terms listed in the provided word bank within the word puzzle.
Third graders are introduced to the human skeletal system. Using play-doh, they discover what happens to the bones of the body as a person moves and how broken bones heal. After reading examples, they examine the different types of joints. They complete a quiz on vocabulary and the functions of the bones.
For this anatomy worksheet, students analyze a picture of a human skeleton, which has 11 of the bones labeled, and then answer questions about it. They then label the bones and answer questions about the skeletons of a dog and a cat. There are 36 questions on this worksheet.
In this science related worksheet, students piece together sixteen parts of a jigsaw puzzle that deals with the human skeleton.
In this skeletal system worksheet, students review the composition of bones and compare the axial skeleton with the appendicular skeleton. This worksheet has 10 matching and 7 fill in the blank questions.
Plenty of background information about how air pollution affects much more than just our lungs is included on this attractive handout. After reading, pupils make a working model of a lung and diaphragm. Junior physicians place a small piece of cotton in the lung to find out what happens. Since there is so much reading, consider creating a comprehension activity to make sure you class is absorbing the relevant information.
What is meant by the phrase "form follows function?" Allow your budding biologists to discover first-hand through two activities. In the first, groups work together to discover whether a solid cylinder or an empty cylinder can support more weight, both directly and in relation to the weight of the cylinder. Once complete, learners examine an actual bone to determine whether it is solid or hollow, and what the advantages might be to the form of the bone. Note: while the publisher listed the lesson as being used for third grade through high school, it is most developmentally appropriate for upper-elementary or middle school. If using in high school, have the kids develop their own experiment to answer the question, "is a hollow cylinder or solid cylinder able to support more weight, relative to its own weight?" 
For any study of the human skeleton, this instructional activity will come in handy. In it, learners place 19 human skeleton words in alphabetical order in the spaces provided. Then, they must write each of the words three times each in the boxes provided. Lots of language arts and handwriting practice present in this instructional activity!
The hip bone connected to the leg bone, and your life science learners connected to the screen! Fun facts about the skeletal system are displayed before Bill explains how joints work. Hinge, saddle, ball-and-socket, gliding, and fixed joints are all introduced in this vivacious video clip. Show it to get your class interested in studying the skeletal system.